Evolutionary Outrider

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The overriding challenge for our species during the 21st century, many believe, will be that of evolving…or becoming extinct. Can the theory of evolution be expanded into a source of guidance that could help our species save itself? This collection brings together the thinking of scholars in a wide range of fields in social as well as natural science directed to this end.

Moving beyond a critique of neo-Darwinism and sociobiology to explore the action implications of new theory—including Loye's reconstruction of the long ignored full vision of Charles Darwin and Laszlo's new QVI fifth field theory—essays explore the potential for the impact of self-organizing and self-regulating organism, of the biology of love, and the moral directional thrust of the human, as revealed in new discoveries in the fields of biology, psychology, brain research, sociology, economics, history, cultural evolution, and Darwinian re-evaluation. As such, the collection will be of interest to the educational community, the futurist community, and the more general global foresight community of concerned people.

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Sixteen essays stress the importance of evolution to the grounding of all science and attempt to work towards a theory of evolution which takes into account the expanded cortical and cultural capacities of humans. Decrying current evolutionary thinking as being geared towards specifically pre-human organisms, the articles discuss such issues as: the human ability to intervene in evolution, the self-organizing behavior of the human brain, Laszlo's quantum-vacuum interaction field theory, the Gaia hypothesis, the misuse of Darwinian theory, cultural evolution in the U.S., and possible economic evolutionary interventions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

DAVID LOYE is a social psychologist, futurist, and developer of a new theory of moral transformation. His many books include The Healing of a Nation which won the Anisfield-Wolfe award for the best scholarly book on race relations in 1971. A former member of the psychology faculty of Princeton University, Loye for nearly a decade was a professor in the research series and Director of Research for the Program on Psychosocial Adaptation and the Future at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is a co-founder of the Center for Partnership Studies, the Society for the Study of Chaos Theory in Psychology, and the General Evolution Research Group.

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Table of Contents

Chapters are by: Fritjof Capra, Ervin Laszlo, Riane Eisler, Hazel Henderson, Karl Pribram, Ralph Abraham, David Loye, Paul Ray, and others.
Introduction: The Evolutionary Outrider 1
Pt. 1 The Challenge for our Species in the 21st Century
1 Manifesto of the Club of Budapest: An Excerpt 15
2 One Man's Quest: A Brief History 19
3 The General Evolution Research Group: A Brief History 29
Pt. 2 The Impact of the Human Agent on Evolution
4 Evolution: The Old View and the New View 39
5 Organism and Psyche in a Participatory Universe 49
6 On Brain, Conscious Experience, and Human Agency 67
7 Toward an Evolutionary Systems Approach to Creativity: The Contribution of Ervin Laszlo 93
8 QVI: The Fifth Field of Ervin Laszlo 105
9 Healing through the QVI-Field 109
10 Quantum-Vacuum Interaction and Psychosocial Organization 117
11 Biological Evolution and Cultural Evolution: Toward a Planetary Consciousness 151
Pt. 3 Human Intervention in Evolutionary Process
12 Evolutionary Action Theory: A Brief Outline 167
13 Conscious Evolution: Cultural Transformation and Human Agency 191
14 Social Interventions and the World Wide Web 209
15 Economics and Evolution: An Ethos for an Action Researcher 215
16 What Might Be the Next Stage in Cultural Evolution? 233
Commentary 257
Introduction to Indexes 261
Subject Index 264
Name Index 276
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